BYSOL Foundation officially registered as a charitable organization on Facebook; the Ministry of Internal Affairs is dissatisfied with the courts in the regions; the leadership of the Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was arrested; in Stuttgart, a digital art exhibition called “Belarus. The path to oneself” is held
4 February 2021 | Voice of Belarus
Stuttgart hosts a digital art exhibition called “Belarus. The path to oneself”
Digital art exhibition “Belarus. The path to oneself” is held from 3 to 7 February as a part of the annual ECLAT festival of experimental music in Stuttgart, Germany.
Each of the participants tells his/her own story, and all together they talk about amazing historical parallels, decisive moments, and the difficult choice of Belarus’s path.
On 7 February, the Human Rights Prize of Gerhart and Renate Baum will be awarded to the incredible Maria Kalesnikava. For many years, Maria was part not only of the ECLAT festival but also of many other musical projects in Stuttgart. Maria Kalesnikava was abducted in Minsk on 7 September and has been in prison ever since.
BYSOL Foundation officially registered as a charitable organization on Facebook
The largest solidarity foundation in the history of Belarus is a registered charitable organization on Facebook now. Andrej Stryzhak, the co-founder of BYSOL fund, explains that now it is possible to donate directly on the fund’s official page.
Today, BYSOL Foundation supports initiatives that help repressed and dismissed Belarusians. From August, the BYSOL fund has paid 1.95 million euros to people dismissed for political reasons, transferred 742.5 thousand euros to the strike committees of enterprises, and transferred 186.9 thousand euros to help with relocation.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs is dissatisfied with the courts in the regions: they give fines rather than jail time
BYPOL has published a document in which, allegedly, the interior minister appeals to the Security Council of Belarus. The document refers to the punishment of detainees under Article 23.34: courts give fines rather than jail time in the regions and this allegedly “creates a sense of impunity”. The document was called fake by the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
A man who was hit by a security forces’ bus in November is under trial in Minsk
A security forces’ bus hit a pedestrian during one of the protest marches in November 2020. Now, this pedestrian is under trial for malicious hooliganism: the investigation concluded that he threw objects into the police vehicle that damaged it. He faces up to six years in prison.
Also, three more people were sentenced to three years in prison. One of them is paratrooper Ruslan Akostka from Salihorsk, who marched through the entire city and waved a white-red-white flag. The other one is Aliaksei Hubich from Homel. The man was accused of hitting policeman Shapavalau’s leg, causing him to fall. And lastly, in Vitsebsk, Artsiom Isakou was sentenced to three years for spraying gas towards security forces officer.
The leadership of the Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was arrested
The Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was repressed by the security forces: the organization’s lawyer Aleh Hrableuski was detained for three days. And the head of the organization, Siarhei Drazdouski, was placed under house arrest. There are two versions of why that happened. The Office helped several people that were arrested at the protests. Now that qualifies as “financing extremism”. The second version is because of the marches of the disabled in the summer and autumn.
For more information on the events of 4 February 2021, please visit Infocenter Free Belarus 2020: